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Superintendent Memo (Sept. 5): Follow Up On Recent NYSDOH Guidance

September 5, 2021

The following message from Lansingburgh Superintendent, Dr. Abitabile, was emailed to all Lansingburgh families on Sunday, September 5.

It clarifies what the NYSDOH Guidance for Classroom Instruction In P-12 Schools and the NYSDOH Commissioner’s Determination on COVID-19 Testing mean for Lansingburgh. Both these NYSDOH documents were provided to school districts on the afternoon of September 2, 2021.

All school reopening news and COVID-19 updates can be found on the district’s 2021-2022 Reopening Updates page here.

Good morning Lansingburgh School Community,

On Thursday, the New York State Department of Health finally issued interim guidance for classroom instruction this school year and a Commissioner’s Determination on COVID testing in schools.  The 12-page guidance document addresses the minimum expectations for instruction and operations. Many of our health and safety protocols will remain the same from last year – and the new DOH regulations are consistent with the most recent CDC guidance.  In fact, the guidance document recommended that schools review their prior year’s plans, eliminate outdated measures, and adopt current CDC recommendations (which we are in the process of doing).  

At this time, we are working with the Rensselaer County Department of Health to facilitate the staffing, supplies and information that will be required to implement the Commissioner’s Determination on the testing of students, staff, and contractors as soon as practicable to ensure a safe environment for our students and staff. Funding for this has not been released by the state to allow schools to fulfill this new requirement.  

We will notify you of the process for providing documentation for full vaccination (to opt-out of testing) or information on testing as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will continue to remain flexible and adaptive.